Sound Discovery®

Years/Age range


Type of children

Low attainers or mixed-ability

Child/Adult ratio

Small group

Length of intervention

5, 10 or 22 weeks in different studies; 3 times a week

Brief description

Sound Discovery® is a synthetic phonics programme for the teaching of reading, spelling and writing developed by Dr Marlynne Grant, educational psychologist in South Gloucestershire. The children are taught grapheme-phoneme correspondences and the phonic skills of blending and segmenting, and how to use this knowledge in reading and writing. It is delivered through Snappy Lesson®, fast-paced sessions consisting of appropriate multi-sensory activities.


For comprehension in Y2-5: substantial
For spelling in Y5: useful

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